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Introduction to benefits for student advisers

11 November 2019
Last chance to book on our training course: 19 November in Glasgow

New to welfare rights? We have the essential training for you

05 November 2019
Introduction to welfare rights; this is essential training if you are starting off as a welfare rights adviser or need a good understanding of the benefits system. It introduces you to the key resources and skills you need and takes you through the main benefits in detail.

Why give money to people who ‘don’t need it’? The case against intensive means-testing

05 November 2019
Having a targeted safety net – or means-testing – can consistently miss the mark. While it’s supposed to target social security payments, it is not always the most effective way to reach the people we might define as ‘needing help most’. Perhaps counter-intuitively, more universal support, such as child benefit for families with children, or personal independence payment (PIP) for certain people with disabilities, may reach more of the target group, but simply and without stigma.

Benefits for people from abroad - training

04 November 2019
Even without Brexit going ahead (yet), people who have moved to the UK and need to claim benefits face considerable barriers to accessing their entitlements. To assist effectively, advisers need a detailed understanding of the rules including recent changes in legislation and caselaw.

Representing at the First-tier Tribunal

04 November 2019
Places left for this course on 7 and 8 November in Glasgow.

Income security for families with children

01 November 2019
Low-income families are faced with ongoing challenges in budgeting and balancing the regular costs of living with meeting the need for more occasional and one-off items. But it is not just expenditure that is ‘lumpy’ in this way. Income can also come into households at different times and in different amounts. Research with families looking in depth at money management highlights something of a paradox in the juggling of low income.

Upfront for families? Childcare costs in universal credit

29 October 2019
For many families upfront childcare costs are a significant barrier to work. Under tax credits, parents can get financial support for upfront childcare costs. However, under universal credit any help with childcare is paid retrospectively. This is a big problem as the majority of childcare requires parents to pay for a month/term in advance.

Conditionality Data Gathering

23 October 2019
Information is needed from advice workers about the extent to which claimant commitments are tailored to take account of their clients' circumstances.

Universal credit - effective claims

23 October 2019
Do you work in housing, are a support worker or other frontline professional supporting low-income people?